Inga and Nick wanted their wedding to be industrial and overgrown. Think graffiti, dripping candles and a venue with a derelict vibe. The Brisbane Powerhouse proved to be the perfect place for their April celebration.
“We are a unique kind of couple with an obsession for the obscure – especially skulls,” began the bride. “We wanted the wedding to really reflect our personalities and to incorporate the things we love – animals, skulls and organised chaos. The brief for our florists was overgrown, we did not want anything to look too placed. We gave the guests gifts of a napkin that was custom made, which had a wolf on it and read ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’, as we are music and animal lovers, this ticked both boxes. The guests also received a hand picked poem which was enclosed in a beautiful mini envelope (with skulls and skeletons on it of course), these we used as place cards.”
The ceremony was held on the Riverbend Terrace, overlooking the water. “Our celebrant was amazing and added in little bits of ‘us’ that we did not expect, like a few lines from a Pantera song ‘This Love’, before he pronounced us as husband and wife. It was really nice having a surprise like this during our ceremony. When you’re so involved in planning a wedding, it is fun when people throw in really meaningful surprises.”
“It’s hard to pick just one favourite moment, but it was probably saying ‘I Do’ after 14 years and marrying my best friend”, she continued. “It was also trusting in the ‘experts’ such as my florist and letting them just take ownership. I had an initial meeting with my florist, but really just said to her (once we were on the same page) to do whatever she liked. When I walked into the room for the first time I was blown away! I was able to enjoy the moment of seeing the room for the first time along with all of the other guests. It was pretty special.”
“Our two biggest expenses were the flowers and my dress. I wanted to feel absolutely comfortable so quality craftsmanship was essential. Wendy Makin Bridal made my dream dress and I could party in it all night long! We saved money on the bottles in the centrepieces. I am lucky my brother is a hippy and had a huge collection of random sized glass bottles of which we needed about 25-30 of so this was a big cost saver, My dad also made our bamboo arbour from scratch.”
“I know it sound cliché but have fun, enjoy the process and trust in your experts”, Inga advised in conclusion. “Don’t try to over manage the day. We planned the wedding in four months and it went off without a hitch. Everyone was so relaxed and because of that we have the most amazing memories from proposal to ‘I Do’ and every moment in between.”